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Middlesex FA Chief Executive, Leigh O'Connor

Leigh O'Connor

Chief Executive

Leigh started with Middlesex FA in the year 2000 as a Membership Services Assistant and in April 2017 was appointed to the role of Chief Executive. In his role, Leigh is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Association and delivering the priorities and targets of the County FA Business Plan and The FA’s National Game Strategy


Phone: 020 8515 1925

Rectory Park

Andrew Perren - Recreational Football Development Officer, Middlesex FA

Andrew Perren

Centre Manager - Rectory Park

Andy has been with Middlesex FA since August 2008 and worked as the Association's Recreational Football Development Officer until February 2018 when he assumed the role of Centre Manager for the Association's new HQ, Rectory Park. In this role, Andy is responsible for maximising the impact of the new facility and associated community space for the benefit of the local community as well as managing all aspects of the company HQ and ensuring cost-effective operation of the venue. 

Phone: 020 8515 1911

Participation and Development team

Paul Sharpe - Middlesex Learning Administrator, Middlesex FA

Paul Sharpe

Middlesex Learning Manager

Paul joined Middlesex FA in July 2005 and as Middlesex Learning Manager is now responsible for the management of the Association's Coach Education Programme. Outside the office, Paul is a coach with a local ladies team.


Phone: 020 8515 1923 


Jacob Ballheimer

Jacob Ballheimer

Football Development Administrator

Jacob started work with Middlesex FA in November 2015 and currently occupies the role of Football Development Administrator. Jacob works closely with Paul to oversee the administration of the Coach Education programme in Middlesex. Outside of the office, Jacob plays for Harefield United's First Team and is a Level 7 Referee.


Phone: 020 8515 1929

Craig Nicholson - Football Development Officer - Women and Girls', Middlesex FA

Craig Nicholson

Football Development Officer (West - Harrow, Hillingdon, Spelthorne)

Craig started working for Middlesex FA after leaving University in 2006. He now occupies the role of Football Development Officer where his main responsibility is to develop, manage and monitor local development and delivery with all partners within the Harrow, Hillingdon and Spelthorne areas. Outside of work, Craig is an FA Affiliate Tutor, FA Coach Mentor and a coach at Pinner United. 

Phone: 020 8515 6902 or 07809 408773

Ebony Beckford

Ebony Beckford

Football Development Officer (East - Ealing, Hounslow, Richmond)

Ebony joined Middlesex FA, August 2018 as Football Development Officer where her main responsibility is to develop, manage and monitor local development and delivery with all partners within the Ealing, Hounslow and Richmond areas. Outside of work Ebony enjoys learning a variety of dance styles. 

Phone: 020 8515 6911 or 07739 983186

Middlesex FA staff member, Kelly Hancock

Kelly Hancock

Football Development Officer (North - Barnet, Brent, Enfield)

Kelly started working for Middlesex FA in June 2014 and now occupies the role of Football Development Officer.  In this role, Kelly's main responsibility is to develop, manage and monitor local development and delivery with all partners within the Barnet, Brent and Enfield areas.


Phone: 020 8515 1912 or 07739 982744

Katie Phillipson

Katie Phillipson

Workforce Development Officer 

Katie joined the Association in April 2018 as Workforce Development Officer. Her main responsibilities centre around the recruitment, development and support of the Middlesex workforce which includes coaches, referees and volunteers. Outside of the office, Katie is an FA Coach Mentor.


Phone: 020 8515 1927 or 07739 984024

Colin Williams

Colin Williams

Disability Workforce Officer

Colin joined Middlesex FA in September 2018 as Disability Football Development Officer. His main responsibility is to develop, manage, and monitor local development and delivery with all disability partners and clubs. Outside of work Colin is a keen Spurs fan, and plays for his local Oxfordshire-based team Goring United, where he is also a coach and committee member. 


Phone: 020 8515 1920 or 07739 978637

Byron Down

Byron Down

Football Development Apprentice - Disability

Byron joined Middlesex FA in January 2018 in the FootballDevelopment team as an Apprentice, with specific focus on Disability. Outside of work Byron enjoys playing Futsal for England U21 and Senior men team


Phone: 020 8515 1919

Football services team

Kayleigh Saunders

Kayleigh saunders

Head of Football Services

Kayleigh has been with the Association since June 2012 working as a Football Development Officer before being promoted into her current role as Head of Football Services in September 2017. Her main responsibilities include supporting the delivery of The FA National Game Strategy and managing the Operational and Governance section of the County FA. Outside of her 9-5, Kayleigh plays 5-aside football.


Phone: 020 8515 6904 or 07506 282963

Daniel May

Daniel May

Football Services Administrator (Competitions and Referees)

Daniel joined Middlesex FA in April 2018 as Football Services Administrator. His main responsibilities are the delivery of the County Cup programme, referee registrations and youth appointments. Outside of work, Daniel is an MK Dons season ticket holder and a Level 7 referee. 

Phone: 020 8515 6910

Middlesex FA Administrative Officer/PA to CEO Sara Bennett

Sara Bennett

Football Services Administrator (Discipline & General)

Sara has been with Middlesex FA since August 2010 and occupies the role of Football Services Administrator. Her main responsibilities include dealing with day to day discipline queries, and administrative support to the Chief Executive and the Board.


Phone: 020 8515 1922

Middlesex FA staff member, Samantha Read

Samantha Read

Football Services Administrator (Player Registration and Leagues)

Sam joined Middlesex FA in August 2017. In this role, her main duties include acting as League Secretary for the Capital Girls League and Under 23 League, supporting Leagues and Clubs through Player Registration and the FA's Online Systems.

Outside of work, Sam plays both football and American Football for local sides. 


Phone: 020 8515 6905

Middlesex FA staff member, Neill Fowler

Neill Fowler

Football Services Administrator (Safeguarding)

Neill has been with the Association since July 2012, taking on the role as County Welfare Officer before moving to his current role as Football Services Administrator in April 2018. His main responsibility involves ensuring Clubs and Leagues are compliant with DBS checks, arranging Club Safeguarding Visits and leading on Discrimination cases. 


Phone: 020 8515 6903

Sharon Porter

Sharon Porter 

Designated Safeguarding Officer 

Sharon joined Middlesex FA in April 2018 as the Designated Safeguarding Officer. Her main responsibility is to manage the County FA’s safeguarding work, in line with legislation, FA Safeguarding Policy, Procedures and Regulations. She is also responsible for significantly contributing to the implementation of the Safeguarding Operating Standard for County FA’s and working in partnership with the FA, statutory agencies and the other relevant organisations to manage concerns effectively and efficiently.


Phone: 020 8515 6903 or 07739 980164

finance team

Middlesex FA staff member, David Long

David Long

Finance Management Accountant

David joined Middlesex FA in October 2017 as a Finance Management Accountant. In this role David is mainly responsible for financial reporting and budgeting. 


Phone: 020 8515 6906

Middlesex FA staff member, Terry Obika

Terry Obika

Finance Administrator

Terry joined Middlesex FA in October 2017 as Finance Administrator.  In this role, Terry is responsible for financial control - overseeing the day-to-day finances of the Association.


Phone: 020 8515 6906

Board and Council

The Board and Council is made up of volunteers, either previously or currently involved in grassroots football,  who work  alongside Middlesex FA staff to deliver the mission of developing, supporting and governing football in Middlesex. Need to contact one of them? Details of how to do this can be found in our e-handbook

John Taylor (Chairman)

Doug Douglas (Vice Chairman)

Steve Grover (Finance Director)

Barbara Bivens

Mike Heavey

Nigel Hickes

Bob Elliott

Derek Mennell

Andrew Morton

Chris Ampofo

John Davies

Leigh O'Connor (Company Secretary)

John Davies ( President)

John Taylor (Chairman)

Doug Douglas (Vice Chairman)

Leigh O'Connor (Chief Executive)

Steve Grover (Finance Director)

Derek Mennell

Jim Taylor

Harry Wooster

Peter Clayton

Colin Stupack

Jim Horne

Paul Stevens

Graham Hiseman

Bob Jarvis

Robin Jagot

Nigel Hickes

Robin Filkins

Mike Heavey

Bob Elliott

John Smith

Jim Horne

Tony Ward

Barbara Bivens

Colin Downey

John Jackson

Mark Sennett

Gary Cobden

Dave Ackerman

Pip Axtell

Stephen Reuter

Andy Lowe

Derek Stevens

Gary Street

Darrel Gyngell

Simon Cudner

Andy Taylor

Liam Walshe

Annette Sennett

Segun Akinwolelda

Dave Fuller

Frank James

Dr Colin King

Andrew Morton 

Danny Sharma

John Noblemunn

Chris Ampofo

Alyson Angelidas

Co-opted Councillors

Judi Grice

John Lewis

Co-opted /Independent Members of Committees and Sub Committees

Gill Taylor

Jim Upfold

Jim Bragg

John Fletcher

Claire Ford

Jim Cantle

Dave Holden

Louise Allwood

Caren Benn

Chris Benn

Julie Syer

Ray Herb

Reuben Simon

Robert Was

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